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The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership works to protect and safeguard children on the Isle of Wight.


Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility.

Our ambition is that everyone, can recognise, respond and fulfil their responsibilities to ensure that children, young people and families are effectively safeguarded and supported.

Our safeguarding arrangements build on the strengths of the previous Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Board. The learning and improvement framework, which includes clear and robust Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (LCSPRs) processes, multi-agency audits and a comprehensive multi-agency training programme, enables the Partnership to fulfill its programme of scrutiny functions and respond to changes in statutory guidance.


The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership (IOWSCP) is established in accordance with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (the Act) and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 statutory guidance. The IOWSCP provides the safeguarding arrangements under which the safeguarding partners and relevant agencies work together to coordinate their safeguarding services, identify and respond to the needs of children in Isle of Wight, commission and publish local child safeguarding practice reviews and provide scrutiny to ensure the effectiveness of the arrangements.

Working Together 2018 explains that the three safeguarding partners in relation to a local authority area are defined under the Children Act 2004 (as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017) as:

  • the Local Authority
  • a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area
  • the Chief Officer of Police for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area

Aims and Objectives

To ensure that the children of Isle of Wight are safeguarded, and their welfare promoted, the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership will:

  • Work effectively and collaboratively towards shared priorities to achieve improved outcomes for our children.
  • Build working relationships between partners which support continuous improvement, professional curiosity, constructive challenge, and enable partners to hold each other to account for the outcomes we deliver for children.
  • Be self-reflective, open and committed to learning and improvement.
  • Embed the learning from local and national safeguarding reviews, and local scrutiny and assurance practices to improve the way children are safeguarded.
  • Work, and share information, proactively to enable the early identification and response to new areas of safeguarding and emerging themes.
  • Listen and respond to children and young people, and adult victims / survivors of child abuse to inform how services are delivered.
  • Ensure services for children and families in Isle of Wight support parents and carers to provide the best possible care for their children and enable families to live together where possible.
  • Facilitate collaborative working beyond organisational boundaries and agency constraints to deliver best outcomes for children and families.

Relevant Agencies

As wcell as the three core partners (Local Authority, Clinical Commissioning Group, Chief Officer of Police), other relevant agencies as named by the safeguarding partners are:

  • Adult Mental Health services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Child and Family Court Advisory Service (CAFCAS)
  • Early Years Settings
  • Education establishments (primary, secondary, independent, post-16 years provisions, special schools, pupil referral units)
  • Faith Groups
  • Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service
  • Healthcare providers (including those represented through membership of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP))
  • Housing Providers
  • Inclusion IOW
  • Isle of Wight Coroner's Office
  • Isle of Wight Primary Care providers
  • Isle of Wight Council, Adults Social Care
  • Isle of Wight Council, Childrens Social Care
  • Isle of Wight Council, Education and Inclusion
  • Isle of Wight Council, Housing
  • Isle of Wight Council, Public Health
  • Isle of Wight Council, Regulatory Services
  • Isle of Wight NHS Trust
  • Isle of Wight Youth Offending Team (YOT)
  • Language Schools
  • Love 146
  • National Probation Service (NPS)
  • NHS England/Improvement
  • Paragon
  • Perinatal Mental Health, Southern Health
  • Sporting Organisations (via the Hampshire and Isle of Wight County Sports Partnership (Energise Me). This includes national sporting bodies who have branches operating on the Isle of Wight such as the Football Agency (FA) for example)
  • Solent NHS Trust
  • The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC)
  • Voluntary Sector Organisations